As partially responsible for the old statements maybe I should comment a
bit. In the lab in Los Angeles were present a set of "monster-camera"
pictures taken just off Scripps in about 1000 m depth. This camera was on
a high tripod and was pointed at a bait (some fish if I remember correctly).
It was a time-lapse situation. One of the truly striking features was that
after several hours, masses of Hyalinoecia stricta, a very large species,
came cruising in from all sides, aggregated on the fish, displacing
amphipods and other fish, and making the whole thing look like one of the
old stick games. After a while, it appeared that the worms simply buried
themselves more or less in situ, but not before essentially all the fish was
gone. So, that was at least in part the background for our statements about
Hyalinoecia. Hope it helps.
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